22 November 2019

Published November 20, 2019 by rochellewisoff

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Before beginning my rather somber story, I have some happy news. My WIP entitled “What the Heart Wants” is under contract with agent Diane Nine of Nine Speakers, Inc. To read more about it click here

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100


Dedrick intertwined his fingers with Levin’s long slender ones and stared at the ragged nails worn down by hauling stones from the quarry. Dedrick remembered winter nights when those elegant hands, never meant for such cruel labor, prepared succulent meals that would delight a king.

            Levin’s hoarse voice brought him back to Auschwitz. “Dedrick, I—”

            Dedrick pressed his finger against Levin’s chapped lips. “Save your strength.”

            Bruises marred Levin’s flawless complexion. One long-lashed eye had swollen shut. He reached out and touched the pink triangle on Dedrick’s striped uniform. “You must know…”

            Kissing Levin’s palm, Dedrick whispered, “I do.”

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100 comments on “22 November 2019

  • Firstly, congratulations on finding an agent for your book, fantastic news! This week’s prompt will inspire a few dark stories I think, none more so than this. A shocking time. Unfortunately, this community still suffers from appalling discrimination to this day. At some point you do hope lessons might be learned…

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    • Dear Iain,

      Of course, being Jewish, I’ve grown up under the shadow of the Holocaust. Yet there are so many stories I didn’t know. The evil is limitless it seems. At any rate thank you for your affirming comments and the congrats on my agent. 😀 (a light in this week’s darkness).



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  • How cruel were the categorizations! How inhuman was it to promote one person’s belief and ride roughshod over others. The demonic megalomania of one man and the repurcussion sof his bestiality.

    A very sensitive subject covered in a very sensible and yes, sensitive manner.
    And very happy to know that your WIP may shortly see the day of light, having caught the attention of powers that be.

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  • Rochelle, I just read an amazing true story called “The Volunteer” about a man who volunteered to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz in order to try to organize a resistance, and get the truth out to news media around the world. Having just spent quite a bit of time there, I couldn’t bring myself to follow your link to read more about this particular horror story. Maybe another time.

    Jews were certainly not the only victims. Anyone was a potential enemy. Polish people were sent to the camps because they were Polish. Pastors were sent there because they preached the Bible, which was antithetical to Hitler’s program. Gentiles were sent there because they tried to hide and protect Jews. You didn’t have to cross the line very far at all.

    This picture gave me the willies, so I took it in a little different direction 🙂

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    • Dear Linda,

      There are so many stories and, I’m sure, more heroes than we know of. Sadly the survivors are dying off as the years progress and memories dim. Of course Corrie and the rest of the Ten Boom family come to mind. So many “watches” they saved and suffered the same fate as those they worked to hide. And we do well to remember that whether or not we agree with a person’s way of living, they are still human beings.
      To misquote a line from MASH, we’ve treated a symptom, but the disease marches merrily on.
      Thank you for your affirming comments.



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  • The hate and inhumanity against humanity is a crime anyway you look at it. The world needs so much more tolerance of all differences and the need to live peacefully beside one another. Unfortunately, Mankind has proved throughout history to be a violent species. It may someday prove to be our elimination on this planet. Well done story on a sensitive subject. But, violence is violence, no matter what the subject or reason is.

    NOW! P.S., so very excited on the next chapter, or novel as it were. A new agent, a new opportunity. YEA!

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    • Dear Jan,

      it doesn’t matter if we agree with someone or not, does it? Human life should be valued. Sadly this wasn’t the case then nor is it in many places now. Thank you for understanding and commenting, m’luv.

      And YES! hard not to be excited. 😀


  • I decided I need to alter my routine. Instead of playing games on my phone while I try to wake up, I’m going to open my laptop and jump right into Friday Fictioneers. The first thing I see is your good news. Yay! Then, I read your touching story. It was disturbingly beautiful. Then, I read the article. Holy shit! I almost stopped a couple of times. That was hard to read. It’s made my stomach turn and my whole body tense. I can’t imagine what it was like to live it.

    Homosexuals are one group I never considered being affected by the Holocaust. Or Jehovah’s Witnesses, who were also mentioned in the article. I can’t imagine how human beings could be so evil.

    If I wasn’t awake before, I am now. I’m definitely not going back to sleep with those images in my head. It’s a good thing I have puppy snuggles first thing in the morning. Waking up in my bed with my phone and computer and puppy curled up on me, I really can’t imagine the hardships those people endured.

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    • Dear Naubbin,

      I’d never considered homosexuals as being one of the groups herded into the camps either. So when I came across the pink triangle I knew I had to write about it. If you didn’t fit the Aryan model, you were sub-human. WTH, Hitler himself didn’t fit the mold. He was simply insane as were his followers. The chilling thing is that so many did follow him.

      I envy you your puppy snuggles. 😉 Thank you for all the lovely comments.



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    • Dear Ronda,

      Just when I think I know all there is to know on the subject I find that I haven’t even scratched the surface. None of us have. But it does need to be told and retold. Thank you for commenting and for sharing in my most excellent news. 😀



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  • First- CONGRATULATIONS! 🙂 ❤ Second – What a gripping and sad story. It does things proper to remind us that it wasn't just Jews who were singled out for torture and death at the hands of the Nazis. People with special needs, gypsies, gays/lesbians, etc were also incarcerated and tortured to death. So very sad!

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  • Dear Rochelle,

    You have perfectly combined true love with true hate in a seamless manner. Of course we should not be surprised that the gay community was also targeted. They sure did not fit the image of the Aryan way…

    Always so well done, my friend. And of course, kudos on the new agent! Woot!

    Shalom and may love always win,


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    • Na’ama Y’karah,

      It does seem most people went dark with this photo. And I went to one of my recurring themes. Terrible piece of history. I wonder how much we’ve learned from it. Thank you for your affirming comments and the congrats. 😀



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      • I think the times we are living in perhaps shape the viewfinder and perspective we use to interpret and associate … And … that perhaps some of us (and I have me a feeling you are one) are moved to try and right wrongs by writing about them, in our own ways, in what audience we have access to, as a form of voicing the unvoiced and putting words to what could not be spoken of, but must be.
        Can’t wait to hear more about your upcoming new book!!! YEAH!

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  • Such a cruel and horrific time. And have times changed so much? The biggest change perhaps is that currently most countries no longer openly sanction discrimination (the biggest exception being homosexuality which is still a criminal offence in some countries).

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  • after visiting the mauthausen concentration camp in austria, the
    auschwitz and birkenau concentration camps in poland, and
    hungarian gulag outside of recsk in hungary, i was appalled by the inhumanity of it all. never again.

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  • Rochelle, dear one, Facebook has once again disabled my account…funny that is in that I used my real name, birthdate, picture and still they say I’m not who I say I am. Bunch of blunder butts and ignorami! Anyway, I can’t get back into my page. Just wanted to let you know. ~Shalom, Bear

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  • Querida Rochelle,
    It’s heartbreaking whenever I read something new about those horrific times.
    I felt the connection between them in every words. There will never be enough said to soothe the heartless cruelty those people did to other human beings.
    Poignant and sad truth we must never forget. BRAVO …!!!
    Abrazos y carino,
    Isadora 😎
    CONGRATULATIONS on your new venture coming to fruition. BRAVO !!!

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    • Querida Isadora,

      It never ceases to amaze me how much is known about that time and, yet, how little. I didn’t know about the pink triangles until recently. At the same time, it only stands to reason since Hitler went after anybody and everybody who didn’t fit his Aryan vision. Let us never forget. Thank you for your kind words all the way around.

      Shalom y carino,


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      • So many questions to think about with very little answers.
        And, as time passes and many pass on the answers may never be known. Ironically, they went through all of this trouble of adding numbers to people they were going to annihilate.
        Why? I shake each time I read something or see something about those atrocities.
        Yes … let us never forget. 😢


  • Thanks for the link. I didn’t know that-about pink…horrific. What right one has to treat other in so horrific way but perplexing thing is how they get so many followers to carry such command.


    • Dear Laurie,

      It was horrid and tragic. how humans can treat other humans like that is beyond me. Thank you for your kind comments and your congrats on the contract. Hoping it will lead to bigger and better things. 😀




  • I read Ken Follett’s war novels (I hope I have the right author), and one of the gay characters in a concentration camp was subjected to the most inhumane torture, one of which included dogs. I was saddened and horrified that it was based on truth and history and not merely the author’s imagination.

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    • Dear Fatima,

      The more I learn about the Holocaust the more my gorge rises. I’ve not read Ken Follett, but I’ve no doubt his story is based on fact. Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.




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